IDnext'13 event update

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The 4th edition of IDentity.Next '12 event took place On 20-21 November 2013. Just like last time it took place in New Babylon Centre in The Hague, with a varied programma spread over two days. There were more than 100 participants (both domestic and foreign) together to be inspired, to network and share the developments around the subject of  'digital identity'.

The un-conference format was also used again during IDentity.Next’13. The strength of this format is that there attendees can influence the event's agenda.

In addition, the mutual gathering between knowledge experts, collaboration, interaction, discussion and creativity. This produces naturally the ability to listen and speak with experts and professionals and to participate in debates and discussions. The Open Space format provides, where the agenda is set on the day itself - in relation to the themes. The participants of the conference were invited to share via twitter, among others (with hashtag # idn13) that could not be there but was virtually present and being used in various discussions in their opinion/views. 

Opening of IDentity.Next was by Robert Garskamp, the founder of the Idnext association. After a brief introduction, the event began with keynote presentations by Michael Schwartz (founder of Gluu) and an upholder of using open standards such as SAML and oAUTh2 and Steve Pannifer (Consult Hyperion) on the "value of digital identity. After this plenary sessions, the event with the parallel tracks continued.

The program of IDentity.Next is divided into 6 tracks:

Each track consisted of presentations by (mostly) well-known speakers from home and abroad, working within the world of digital identity, as Nils Fjelkegard (Swedish eIdentification board), Mike Chung (KPMG), Steve Pannifer (Consult Hyperion), Frank Leyman (Fedict), Peter van Buijtene (TNT), Paulan Korenhof (tilt), Hans van der Burght (Ministry of Economic Affairs), Menno Stigter (Municipality of the Hague), Maarten Everts (TNO) and many others. It is clear that it is an international conference with the presence of speakers from Australia, Germany, Spain, USA, Denmark and other countries.

What is Open Space?

Jacoba Sieders ( Rabobank ) was the facilitator of the Open Space sessions in the afternoon of Day 1.  Open Space means that a discussion and networking meeting is held. No agenda upfront, an agenda should be established. In order to do this, all attendees could present a topic proposals and explain their importance to discuss what issues / developments they want to put in relation to the themes within IDentity.Next . The chosen topics are pinned on a wall in a timetable . The wall is then ultimately the agenda for that afternoon and all sessions are defined. At the end – the agenda can be considered as definitive. Each of the participants may decide what session to be attended . There is also no limit to the (minimum and maximum) number of people per session . However, each session has a discussion leader and a brief report of the session is created . Afterwards, this is shared in a plenary session

The first day ended with a closing keynote presentation by Pernille Pravat. She is a Danish privacy expert and aciviste. With many examples she gave what threats exist and how we can defend ourselves against it. 

The Novay Identity Award award ceremony also took place at the end of the 1st day. Good digital identity solutions are essential enablers of digital trust. We need solutions that are easy-to-use, privacy friendly, cost efficient and secure. This requires technological and business innovations in the world of digital identity. With this award IDentity.Next and IT research institute Novay recognize and support new innovations that shape the future of digital identities.

There was a jury headed by Martin Wegdam (managing consultant Novay). The other jury members were: Sander Swienink (eRecognition winner Novay Digital Identity Award 2013), Leendert Bottle Berghs (Head of Business Development Marketplace, eBay Classifieds Group), Marko van der Mushroom (Managing Partner, Deloitte), Pernille Tranberg (journalist, author and speaker at Digital Identitet.dk). Winner of the Novay Digital identity award is idBCN. That is a digital identity system provided by the Barcelona City Council as a free public service. idBCN allows citizens to identify themselves remotely and securely to a number of digital services by means of the digital ID in their mobile phone. Currently, the services available are some of the city’s own administrative procedures. Soon it will be possible to access any kind of electronic service, either from other public administrations or from private companies. The Barcelona City Council has approved the legal framework necessary to act as a digital identity provider. The Council legal and security departments to ensure that the identification is carried on in a safe and legally acceptable way have extensively reviewed the system.

Maarten Wegdam, Managing Partner at Novay and chairman of the jury: “What the jury finds interesting is the combination of different innovations, the use of mobile technology, and the application to both the physical and the online world. The jury likes the fact that it is a local initiative between various public and private parties, with potential to have a short term and significant impact and to benefit the citizens.”

Two other nominees were in the race for the award. IMPRINTS is a multi-disciplinary research project at Loughborough University which focuses on acceptation of digital identity related innovations by looking at how users act and what emotions are evoked by the innovation. The other nominee was NXP: SmartTouch is a technology that makes it possible to configure an area on a smart card as a PIN entry device or a gesture area. This can be used to securely enter a PIN, bank account number or transaction amount.

On day two, there was again a full program with a diversity of topics. The day began with a keynote presentation by Mike Chung. In an unusual presentation of 'predictions' Mike gave to many areas predictions failed to materialize. He was not afraid to show that his organization did not see it coming. Developments sunny predicted or even developments in the whole.

The second day ended with a keynote presentation by Liesbet Zoonen of the nominated IMPRINTS project Loughborough (and other UK universities) on how to deal with youth identities.